Double Embed Technique

June 2, 2015

This was the second soap I did for the Saponifier Challenge.  They call it am “Embedded Circle” technique, but I really think it should be called a double embed.  That’s really what it is.  You’re creating one embed and then embedding it into a batch then taking that new soap and embedding it AGAIN into another batch.

I’ve done double embeds many times before.  It’s a massive amount of work for a bar of soap!  That said I love the technique.  I will usually only do it on limited edition soaps (because it is so much work).  When I saw this as a challenge I knew right off I’d be adding my own twist. I had a fragrance called “Seaside Escape” that I had been sketching out different designs for, but hadn’t settled on one I really liked.  The only thing I knew was I wanted a nautical theme.  The challenge kind of solidified everything for me.

Step 1: First I had to make a batch of swirled soap in a circular mold.  I went for a subtle mix of blues/greens that made me think of the ocean.

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Step 2: I had these mini ocean themed cookie cutters.  The problem was that they were only 1/2″ deep.  I had to take the circle embed I made and cut them in my soap cutter twice (so that they were 1/2″ deep and then I had to cookie cut EACH SOAP!  Tedious.

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Step 3: Next I embedded all the pieces into a cube mold I had and poured a white soap around the cut outs.

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(Sorry this isn’t the best picture.  I cut open one of the cubes, so you could see how the white soap filled in around my circles.)

Step 4: Once I unmolded the cubes I put them into a loaf mold and then made a new batch of teal soap to pour around the cubes. I had to do a mica top on it! You all know how much I love that technique.

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The end result:

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Totally worth it, but a three day process to make this soap and a lot of work to prep each stage.


It’s a Black Tie Affair!

May 24, 2015

Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men!  I love the colors of this soap.  It just makes me smile!

Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.

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Now available!  Find it HERE.


Mini Soap Desserts

May 13, 2015

I’m less than thrilled with my work on these soaps.  I ran out of time and I rushed and when I rush…things just don’t go as I planned.  They’re okay, but by no means anything special.

Dessert 1: Coconut covered petit fours.  I think these are cute, but completely pointless as a soap.  I made my CP cubes then coated them in clear MP and dipped them in dried coconut.

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Dessert 2: Decorative petit fours.  If I’d done a better job at pipping I’d be happier with these.  The cubes are CP.  The decorative parts are mostly CP piped with MP soap fondant for the flowers. And a couple of them I used the sugar pearls on.

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Dessert 3: Mini Cakes.  CP soap with MP soap fondant and sugar pearls.  Let’s just say getting all those sugar pearls on these was a pain in the backside :)!  Oh my word.  I do like the effect of these, but again it’s not really a “useful” soap and it took me WAY too long to accomplish these.

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Dessert 4: Mini Bundt Cake.  Let’s just say this one was a complete disaster and leave it at that :P.

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There you have it…a less than stellar set of mini soap desserts *sigh*

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Orange Blossom

April 26, 2015

There’s a lot of work that goes into my soap photos.  The set up process takes more than the actual taking and editing the photo sometimes!  This is just one example of what the end set up looked like and then how by manipulating the angle the camera was at changed the whole composition of the soap!

Orange Blossom

SET UP:

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END RESULT:

orange blossom

Orange Blossom:  the blend starts fairly sharp and heavy on the bergamot, and calms to a lovely orange blossom heart with citrus notes and just the right amount of sweetness. It is a sparkling, cheerful, summery blend.


Honey Almond

April 20, 2015

This soap was one last minutes idea after another.  First I thought I’d just do two layers.  Then I decided after pouring it to add a honey comb effect.  THEN, later that night I thought it’d be cool to add a stamp.  Of course I didn’t have a bee stamp.  So, I went out that night to see if I could find one (which I did, though I didn’t think I would).  I love the look of this soap!  It was worth all the changes I threw at myself ha!

Honey & Almond

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Honey Almond: a rich, nutty blend of sweet, golden honey and buttery almond with just a touch of fruit.


Moroccan Mint & Midnight Pomegranate w/ Loofah

April 16, 2015

I did this soap years ago (with a slightly different fragrance blend).  It was a popular one and I’m not sure why I stopped making it, but it’s back again!

Top Layer:

Midnight Pomegranate: sparkling notes of Citrus, Dewberry and Cassis to dress up the deeper notes of Musk, Sandalwood and Vanilla. This fragrance is deep and sensual with a sweet tart twist.

Bottom Layer:

Moroccan Mint: This is a scrumptious blend of Spearmint, Peppermint and Corn Mint, with just a touch of black tea sprinkled in to provide a stable, full bottom note. It’s cool, crisp, and refreshing.

Shredded Loofah in the bottom portion for some scrub exfoliating!

Pomegranate & Moroccan Mint

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Honeysuckle

April 14, 2015

I’m in love with the design of this soap.  It’s simple and clean and with a reverse embed on the tops and bottom.  I used jojoba beads in the soap for some scrubby exfoliating!

Heavenly Honeysuckle: Notes of tuberose, nectarine, and cherry are picked up on first impression. However, the middle notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, and rose quickly make their appearance.  The base notes of sandalwood and musk give this fragrance a calming foundation.

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